Just a quick post for today. It seems like I have more to do than may be slightly humanly possible. Not only am I scrabbling to get school work done, but I also have house chores to keep up and preparations for winter to do. But given that I live in a small community where it seems like no one sleeps, people seem to be working or busy all day long, maybe I can learn from them.

It is said that people here hardly age, and statistically chronic diseases in this area are really low. I can definitely see why. I feel overwhelmed trying to do everything with school, the house, exercise...life in general, yet to the people here they seem to be able to do all of that without batting an eyelash. The weird part is, no one seems stressed here. They are up at the crack of dawn (or before dawn for this time of year), people walk or cycle everywhere (even in bad weather), and the town doesn't quiet down till late into the night. I guess what I'm getting at is that the people here seem to be able to embrace every second of a day and make it count. Perhaps that's the secret, not dwelling on what needs to be done and focusing on what didn't get done, but just doing what needs to get done. Then when what needs to get done, is done, then you can relax. And all through this it is necessary to maintain a focus and vigour that sometimes seems impossible in this day and age where distraction and stress goes hand in hand with the modern technical life.

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It's a couple of hours later and I was able to spend some time with like minded individuals. I found that it is not just the people in this area that seem to be untouched with the rhythms of the rest of the civilized world, but it is the area itself.

Let me explain...I have travelled a lot, and occasionally I come across a place that is able to combine the old and new ways of life, embrace change while holding to tradition, and be the most productive of cultures. Yet it is not only the people in the area that express that attitude. The very air and earth is saturated with these ideals, even the animals seem to go about their business without disturbance. There is a sense of harmony, but progress at the same time.

Like I said, after seeing several places in the world, I have only experienced a few places like this. Places that encourage work as much as play, conformity as much an individuality. For a unusual soul like mine, it is places like this that hold my attention...and heart. These places seem to forgo the typically day to day energy that can be felt in some places and harness a rhythm that touches some people to the core. I have been in almost two dozen countries around the world (although still a small amount by some standards) and I have only found three places like the ones I am describing. Not countries per say, I'm talking about smaller towns and regions that seem to understand what it means to work hard, play hard, and connect with your fellow man and nature at the same time. The weird part is, is that out of these three, only one has been a mostly English community. To me that proves that language attributes to only a small part of the overall life experience. In addition, these places seem as comfortable outside as they are with inside comforts, in fact there seems little difference.

After a spending over a decade in a place that shuns unique personalities and people that have less than mainstream ideals, I am lucky enough to be living in a place that encourages these things for most of the year, and the rest of the year I spend in a place that welcomes all people as they are, regardless of their attributes that set them apart.

I guess all in all I have found the homes that my soul has been seeking for three decades. Places where I am free to express myself as a creative person and as a writer. Places where I can dress eccentrically when I feel like it, and conservatively when I am feeling less than exuberant about my idiosyncrasies. Yet it is in these places that I write the best, feel the best, and feel rooted and happy and not judged.

Maybe I am looking at these places with rose coloured glasses, but for someone like me that has a hard time relating to people, it is places like this where my stomach doesn't wretch at the idea of going in public, or shying away from talking to people in general. I still may keep to myself, as is my nature, but I don't feel nauseous when I step out of the door. For me to feel so comfortable in a place, to me that is a big deal.

Therefore, I guess what I am getting at, is that any success that I achieve while I am living here is not simply attributed to my writing skills. I think by tapping into the energy, nay the rhythm here, that my writing will begin to flow more naturally, and with that, my work, school, and chores will ebb and flow with the rhythms here that permeate the very atoms in the air. Nothing will be judged, nothing will be scolded, just accepted, learned from, and moved forward.

Then again, maybe in short, I just found a place that my muse approves of :)

All of that being said, I was ecstatic when I was given the chance to review a new single of a band that I adore. Here is the link to Bastille's new single "Flaws" which happens to be on my personal playlist: http://www.voicemagazine.org/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=9987, and coincidentally happened to come up while writing this at a 1:2000 chance :)

As well, I got a bit of promotion from the band Sleepy Hahas, that shared the article that I had written about them with their fans, which is shared below. It was a really sweet thing to do, and I hope the article gained them more exposure and more fans. They truly are great musicians.Post by Sleepy Hahas.

Well as the evening darkens with rain rolling in from the horizon, I think it is time to refocus my brain and rest up for the task of writing term papers tomorrow. So that means...yup you guessed it...video games :)

Cheers. 
Let me begin by apologising for not writing last weekend.  I was celebrating thanksgiving with my family and closest friend, and enjoying the last vestige of nature before the winter comes.  I did, however, manage to write my review article for school, even though I was sitting outside and the wind was freezing.  But frozen knuckles aside, the warm wine I enjoyed afterwards while sitting with some of the funniest and most wholesome people I know made getting my work out of the way worth the hour spent in the cold wind.  Now I am back in my wonderful office that looks out onto a wonderfully multi-coloured, autumn-touched park, and the break for a couple of days has allowed me to recharge my writing batteries once again.  It's amazing what a few days in nature, relaxing, and having a good time with family and friends will do for the soul.  And I am equalled blessed with a home that surrounded with lots of nature, both inside and outside.  I am excited for the winter, but I am as equally eager for the spring so that I can start to make use of the gardens around my home.

Like I said I was able to complete my music review, and since I didn't get to mention the previous issue of the magazine, I am providing the link to the archives so that you may read both issues if you are interested: Voice Magazine

In the meantime, until spring's fateful arrival, I will be plugging away at my studies.  I am finishing up three courses at the end of this month, and three more by the end of the year.  Then it'll be back to a full course load in January, and I am thoroughly excited because the majority of my courses will be in psychology.  Yes, I know that it seems unusual for an English major to take psychology in the magnitude that I am, but not only does it get me the credits I need to graduate, but I am also skilled at psychology, simply because it interests me.  An added bonus is that I have found many crossovers between English and psychology, and my third area of study philosophy (although I am less skilled at that subject :D).  So it is with great anticipation that I start my third year of studies, because once that is done, I will be getting away from literary studies and more into composition and writing.

It occurs to me that with all of this, with everything that led up to today, to this moment, I have a great deal to be thankful for, and this is truly the first time in a long time that I've been able to say that.  I truly hope that whoever reads this blog is also able to be thankful for all of the good things in their lives.  And I really wish that everyone can be as bountiful in their blessings as I am.
Good mooring, everyone. It's a dark and rainy day, and I'm sick with my first bad cold in...forever, but I am still feeling spiffy and optimistic. I am working my ass off getting two courses done by the end of this month, which means that I have probably read over a thousand pages this week about professional ethics and critical thinking. Oddly, apart from being exhausted every night, a bookworm like me is thriving in the mad dash of school work. At times I allow my mind to daydream, but it is very healthy for you, and I imagine that there are tons of little overworked secretaries running around in my head trying to file all of the new things that I am learning!!! They are all over energized on coffee, have frazzled hair, runs in their stockings, and have neatly put their heels by their desks because their feet are killing them, so now they are just running around bare foot clinging to files that constantly have papers flying out of them! Ok...maybe I need a day off! :)

On top of that I'm still writing articles for my university newspaper and I'm still keeping up my digital art which keeps my brain well rounded, just like my blog writing. And I still find time to spend with my family, who are very understanding when I zone out!

So here is the latest edition of Voice magazine: http://www.voicemagazine.org/pdf/pdf2014/VOICEMAG_2239_2014-10-03.pdf

And I thought that I'd add in the link to my deviant art page incase anyone would like to check out my digital art:
http://terraquaeris.deviantart.com

Now it's back to reading about ethics today, and maybe some adventuring out to pick up office supplies. I still can't believe how fast I go through pens and highlighters!

Cheers!!
Hi everyone,

Well life has been extraordinarily busy these past few months, but I'm starting to settle back into a good routine. I'm catching up on school work, and I'm trying to not over stress! The rest of this year is going to be very busy. But next January I'll be starting my third year of university, and I am really excited. I will be finally getting more into composition so I'll have the chance to polish my skills.

I also have something that I want to share with you, my readers. Before the summer I began writing music album reviews for my university's newspaper. Now as you all know I love music as much as I love literature, so you can imagine that this job has been like a dream come true for me. Most of the albums that I have the privilege of reviewing are from bands that are just starting out and are working on getting their music out there. So to help them a bit more, every saturday I'll share the link to my university's newspaper so that you can check out the new music that's out there. You never know, you might find a new favourite. Also be sure to check out the rest of the articles, and previous issues.

http://www.voicemagazine.org/pdf/pdf2014/VOICEMAG_2238_2014-09-26.pdf

And with that I'm going to go enjoy the rest of this weekend, and what's left of the warm weather.

Cheers!